Let the good times roll . . . .

Posted: April 21, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, here in the Grand Duchy, the sun was out, the sky was blue, with only electioneering to spoil the view, but  there was plenty of the Cruising Crew to distract us, including The Vikster, Amigo, DJ Leyton Rocks and Johnny99. So, we came bouncing into Cruise Control at the appointed hour with a bright and breezy welcome to one and all.

Now, last week’s show generated plenty of feedback, with comments from new listeners and ‘seasoned’ members of the Cruising Crew alike, which was most welcome. There were encouraging words along the way and some excellent suggestions for future playlistsCruising #76 . . . . . . . which we won’t forget!

The week was pretty full of notable dates, with quite a few birthdays and a sad farewell, because we lost soulman Percy Sledge. He’s been no stranger to our Cruising playlists over the years, so we paid tribute to him with a couple of tracks from his considerable repertoire . . . possibly not ones that are among his best known, but hidden treasures for sure.

We offer due apologies to Frinton’s Victor Silvester Appreciation Society for the glaring omission from this week’s playlist, and it may some small compensation that we kicked off this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner in fine style with The Rolling Stones. We picked a song from their first album, which was released this week back in 1964 (and and some of us may still have their original copy) . . . . . .

Cruising for the hell of it . . . .Stones
Carol – The Rolling Stones
Don’t Give Me No Lip Child – Dave Berry
Iechyd-Da – The Alan Price Set
Little Boy Blue – Duffy Power
Tell Me How Do You Feel – Billy Fury
You’ve Got That Something Wonderful – Percy Sledge
Baby Help Me – Percy Sledge
Love – Bex Marshall
Look At Little Sister – Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Hey Baby – Florence Ballard
Needle In A Haystack – Dusty SpringfieldFrancis-Nero-Keep-On-Loving-Me
Keep On Lovin’ Me – Frances Nero
Ain’t Love Wonderful – The Fantastic Four
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Marcia Griffiths

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Whole Lotta Love – Tina Turner

Cruising with the radio loud . . . .
Tough On Me, Tough On You – Lonnie Mack
Love, Beads & Meditation – The Lemon PipersSteve Marriott
Tired Of Waiting – The Apostles
Alley Boogie – Lucille Bogan
My Babe – Steve Marriott & The DTs
Sorry She’s Mine – Jimmy Winston & His Reflections
Let The Good Times Roll – BB King
You Ain’t Nothing But Fine – Rockin’ Sidney
Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes – Bobby Freeman
Good Golly Miss Molly – The Valiants

We had some rather fine blues in our Girls & Guitars feature this week, with our spotlight falling on Bex Marshall, who we managed to catch live on stage at last year’s Blues Fest at The Albert Hall. She adapts well to a range of styles, but they all have a bluesy feel about them, including our choice of track, ‘Love’, from her 2012 album ‘House Of Mercy’. Meanwhile, while no-one was watching, we had a dip into the scratchy blues bag and pulled out something by Lucille Bogan. She was born in Mississippi in 1897 and between 1933 and 1935, she recorded over 100 songs. She became known for her raunchy blues numbers and we pulled her track, ‘Alley Boogie’, recorded at her first session in Atlanta in 1923, with Charles Avery on piano.

Now, last week we played out with Bobby Freeman’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy’ and our good pal Amigo came back to point us to another of Mr Freeman’s numbers, ‘Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes’. So, we played it, ever hopeful that it would not tempt Mrs TC to abandon her membership of Shoe-buyers Anonymous. But, some theatrical arm waving and pointing by Mr Merlot, signaled that our Cruising time was nearly up, so we found something crazy to take us home. This was the first release of the song ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’, which appeared on the Keen label in 1957, and all due respects to New Orleans WWOZ DJ, Jamie Dell’Apa, for helping with this. http://www.prx.org/series/31889-new-orleans-saturday-night-on-wwoz

So, we parked up the Cruise Mobile, cheered by the knowledge that we only have to while away seven days before we can go Cruising with The Commissioner once again. . . . until then . . . . have fun!

  1. The Vikster says:

    Great show Commissioner, it really was. I loved that version of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’

  2. The Spongeman says:

    The Apostles version of stranded in the jungle on the flip of ‘Tired Of Waiting’ is really good too

  3. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner and the hand jive was all a flaying here.

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Yummy Yummy Yummy . . . . .

    Lucille Bogan . . . lovely stuff! Duffy Power, did he not have minor chart success with “It aint necessarily so”?

    Stevie Marriot . . . wotta loss. Fantastic track any idea of the harp player Emp?

    Crumby Crumby Crumby . . . .

    Love, Beans and Medication, The Lemon Pipers . . . pah pity they didn’t follow The Pied Piper. As for The Apostles, they should stick to religion. I got “Tired of Waiting” for ’em to end. I demand the original!!!!

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Lummy Lummy Lummy . . . .

      We go to all that trouble to stick in Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Dave Berry, B.B. King, Rockin’ Sidney, Dusty Springfield and Tina Turner . . . . and not even a passing reference to them . . . . wish we’d kept in Edmundo Ros, Victor Silvester and the Temperence Seven !!!

      You’re right about that Duffy Power track and there are plenty of others by him that are well worth a listen. I think the harp player in the DTs was Simon Hickling.

      I guess your floral kaftan was at the cleaners this week, so you couldn’t fully enjoy The Lemon Pipers or The Apostles . . . . So, we’ll aim to get them again soon.

      P.S. I’m not sure Kirsty wants that known!

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